Hungary has appointed János Süli, mayor of the town of Paks, as minister responsible for the supervision of the construction and eventual commissioning of the planned two-unit Paks NPP, a statement by the Hungarian prime minister’s office said on 18 April.

Four Russia-designed VVER-440 pressurised water reactors are already in commercial operation at the Paks NPP, , the prime minister’s office said. Süli, who has worked for the Paks plant for 31 years, will take up the role on 2 May. He will continue to rely on the expertise of Attila Aszódi, the Hungarian government’s commissioner for the Paks II project.

An agreement signed in 2014 will see Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom supply two VVER-1200 reactors for Paks II, as well as a loan of up to €10bn ($10.6bn) to finance 80% of the of the €12bn project. Construction is expected to begin in the autumn of 2017.